Food and Drink

Bringing the natural and organic products industry the latest food and drink news from around the UK and Ireland.

Doves Farm revamps range with vibrant new design

Doves Farm has unveiled a striking contemporary new look across it range in what is its first brand refresh for over five years.

Riverford launches zero packaging veg box – will customers buy it?

Riverford has introduced a zero packaging box in response to customers who want to get rid of packaging altogether (okay, apart from the box). 

Clearspring adds to Japanese condiment line

New from natural and organic food brand Clearspring comes a new authentic Japanese condiment and seasoning: Organic Yuzu Ponzu.

Nutty Bruce says ‘gooday’ to UK shelves

Australian-based Soulfresh has introduced what it says is the first activated nut milk range to the UK with a plant-based line from Nutty Bruce.

SFT responds to new Agriculture Bill

In a briefing published on 3 February, the Sustainable Food Trust (SFT) voiced its continued concerns about the Government’s new Agriculture Bill.

Tesco launches Wicked vegan condiment line

Citing rising demand for vegan sauces, Tesco has introduced what it says is the UK's first plant-based condiment range under its Wicked Kitchen label.

Supermarkets’ big sustainability sweep

The news is awash with supermarkets making sustainability pledges, declaring plans to take environmental issues more seriously.

Healthy food trend predictions for 2020

Lydia Baines, digital and communications manager for ingredient business Puratos UK, sets out six food trend predictions for 2020

V for victory

Jane Wolfe discovers the ‘meat drives strength’ myth is being busted as a rising number of sporting figures are extolling the virtues of a plant-based diet.

Meat-free food sales up 40%, says Mintel

Sales of meat-free foods rose by 40% between 2014-2019, according to Mintel. The research firm reports 23% of all new UK food products in 2019 were vegan.

Tribunal judge rules ethical veganism is ‘philosophical belief’

In a landmark legal case, a tribunal judge has ruled that ethical veganism qualifies as a ‘philosophical belief and must be afforded special protections.

Organic Research Centre appoints new CEO

The Organic Research Centre has announced the appointment of Lucy MacLennan – a scholar of the Nuffield Farming Scholarships Trust – as its new CEO.

One Planet Pizza creates first gluten-free option

Vegan brand One Planet Pizza has cooked up its first 100% gluten-free frozen pizza in the form of the new Gluten Free Three Cheezly Margherita.

‘Clean’, ‘green’, ‘cruelty-free’ … and unhealthy?

'Clean', 'green', 'cruelty-free' meat alternatives are often positioned as more ethically responsible meal options. But are they?

Well wheeled: Planet Organic in hot food delivery first

Planet Organic is partnering with upscale London-based delivery service SUPPER to offer hot food deliveries for the first time. The new service will be offered...

Veganuary fights decision to ban bus ads

Two ads promoting veganism which were removed from buses by Arriva are to be reinstated after the Veganuary campaign successfully fought the decision.

Tim Hortons first in UK to serve Moving Mountains new Sausage...

In a new deal with Moving Mountains, Canadian fast-food chain Tim Hortons is to be the first restaurant in the UK to serve the brand’s new Sausage Patty.

2020: a breakthrough year for ‘veganic’ agriculture?

Few vegans have given serious thought to the suggestion that fruit and veg might technically be 'un-vegan', but ‘veganic’ agriculture could change this. 

Court to decide if ‘ethical veganism’ is a belief system

A vegan activist will this week bring a test case to court to have the term 'ethical veganism' recognized as a belief system.

B12 warning ahead of Veganuary

Experts warn that vegans must ensure there is enough vitamin B12 in their diets and the health risks resulting from B12 deficiencies are 'not a myth'.